BREMEN — Troopers from the Indiana State Police post in Bremen are encouraging safe travel during the Fourth of July holiday and will participate in programs allowing for additional patrols.
State police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and DUIEP (Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Project). Both of these are federally funded programs that allow extra troopers to patrol Hoosier highways during the upcoming holiday period, according to a news release.
Efforts will be focused on distracted drivers, impaired drivers, and drivers and passengers not buckled up. Last year during the three-day holiday period in Indiana, there were 1,623 crashes that resulted in 396 injuries and six fatalities.
To ensure safety on Indiana’s roads, police said.
n Don’t drive distracted
n Avoid tailgating
n Use turn signals
n Obey the speed limit
n Make sure everyone is buckled up
n Don’t drive impaired by drugs or alcohol
Anyone who sees a possibly impaired driver should call 911 and give the vehicle’s description, location and direction of travel, and license plate, if possible. The goal, according to the police, is for everyone to celebrate safely and responsibly to ensure a safe Fourth of July.